Code of Ethics

This Code of Ethics Statement is intended to provide clarity for the Advisory Board Centre Members over expectations, the spirit of relationships and a guideline to problem solving during member involvement in Advisory Boards.

Code of Ethics Guidelines

Your role in supporting and contributing to a Client’s Advisory Board requires careful consideration in upholding your client’s reputation as well as our own.  In advisory roles, the decision is not yours to make so influencing skills enable you to treat others with respect.

From the way you work in the board room, to discussions with management, other advisors and your networks, your personal ethics are always a consideration.

It’s the intent of doing the right thing.

No guideline can address every issue or situation.  It is not a substitute for good judgement, good communication and proper business conduct.  The strength of the advisory board is the strength of the collective knowledge and sharing of relevant experience.

Working with the Advisory Board Centre

  • Avoiding conflict of interest with other advisors
  • Honouring the clients right to choose advisors that meets their need
  • Managing client relationships
  • Proactive in managing positive communication

Code of Ethics principles

The guiding principles for Members are explored in the Member Orientation.

  • Entrepreneurial focus
  • Upholding your name and managing your reputation
  • Competence
  • Expression views, opinions and facts
  • Respect for intellectual property
  • Meeting commitments & obligations
  • Client and fee management
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Disclosure
  • Confidentiality and privacy
  • Independence and objectivity
  • Managing difficult situations
  • Diversity and respect
  • Social Responsibility
  • Professional development
  • Positive attitude

Meeting Code of Conduct

Members are expected to:

  • make an effort to understand the Business and the issues it faces;
  • be frank and honest with their opinions in a respectful manner;
  • be constructive when giving feedback;
  • listen to the views of others and be prepared to change views in the face of evidence;
  • read relevant documents and prepare well for meetings;
  • be guided by the best interests of the business;
  • raise any concerns with the Chairperson; and
  • be respectful to the Business and management team.

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